Lab Work Disrupted By COVID-19? Contribute your story to this research study!

Two hands hold an ice bucket filled with laboratory tubes Postdocs, has your lab work been disrupted due to COVID-19? Contribute your story to this research study!

Study Title: Disruptions to Laboratory Life

PI: Melanie Jeske, PhD(c), Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Supervisor: Janet Shim, PhD, MPP, Professor of Sociology and Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

UCSF IRB: # 20-31573

This study is investigating the ways in which laboratory life has shifted in the wake of COVID-19. We would like to interview you to learn more about your experiences since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly those related to your laboratory-based research and responsibilities. We want to understand how COVID-19 has impacted your work and laboratory culture, and to get your reflections on these changes. This study is being conducted by researchers at UCSF in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Participation in this study is voluntary. Participation in the study entails two (2) interviews and the completion of a brief questionnaire (during the first interview). Each interview will last about 45-60 minutes. If you choose to participate in this study, you will be provided with a $25 gift card for your participation, following the completion of your follow-up interview.


Eligible participants (ages 18-65) include bench scientists in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields who, prior to COVID-19, spent at least 70% of their working time in laboratory settings. Eligible participants include graduate students pursing doctoral degrees (must be in the dissertation phase of the PhD program), postdoctoral trainees, and laboratory staff of at least 18 years of age.


Any identifying information or details collected during interviews will be anonymized or altered to keep the identity of individuals confidential. The identities of the participants will not be revealed in any presentations or publications that result from this research.


If you are interested in participating in this study, please email us!